What is Comparative Studies in Literature & Culture?

Inaugurated by USC Dornsife in 2011, the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary program that cultivates the common ground tying Comparative Literature, Comparative Media and Culture, French and Francophone Studies, and Spanish and Latin American Studies, while carrying out path-breaking research in each of these disciplines.


By design, program remaps the boundaries of these fields while carrying on the very best of their traditions and enlarging what each can bring to the study of its discipline.  The invention of CSLC marks our commitment to shaping the future of doctoral education in the humanities.


There are several hallmarks of CSLC’s program:


Distinct Tracks

Track I : Comparative Media and Culture
Track II: Comparative Literature
Track III: National Literatures and Cultures


Several courses make up the core curriculum of the Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program. All introductory sequence courses and courses Ph.D. students are required to take, are listed underneath “Courses”.


The Comparative Media and Culture track, allows you to study all kinds of media in a strongly grounded context of cultural and linguistic difference. The program also includes a workshop course to help prepare students for future teaching and research career.

In addition to these new features, CSLC combines the energies and expertise of nearly 30 full-time faculty and 50 current graduate students.


Questions about the CSLC doctoral program? Email cslc@dornsife.usc.edu.

Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

housed in the Department of Comparative Literature

Staff Graduate Advisor

Katherine Chan Guevarra

Director of Graduate Studies

Olivia C Harrison